Unemployment rates were higher in March than a year earlier in all 372 metropolitan areas, the
Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Eighteen areas recorded
jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, while 15 areas registered rates below 5.0 percent. The national
unemployment rate in March was 9.0 percent, not seasonally adjusted, up from 5.2 percent a year
earlier. Among the 310 metropolitan areas for which nonfarm payroll data were available, 282 areas
reported over-the-year declines in employment, 22 reported increases, and 6 had no change.